About FTOÉ

First and foremost, FTOÉ has one primary goal: to get Fair Trade Town status. Such a status would allow for wider availability of Fair Trade products and stronger city council and community support for Fair trade initiatives.

While working to achieve this status, FTOÉ focuses on awareness-raising as a key element in our work. We are constantly encouraging the residents of Ottawa to take action in creating lasting change that has a global affect.

How to make Ottawa a Fair Trade Town

Municipal support

City Council must commit to procuring fair trade products.

Product availability

Fair trade products must be available from major retailers and cafés/restaurants.

Community support

Community groups such as schools and NGOs must support fair trade.

Public education

The people of Ottawa must be educated through community outreach and media features.

Steering committee

A steering committee must be formed to ensure that Fair Trade Town status is maintained and improved.

More about Fair Trade Towns

The progress we've already made

This is how far we've gone on each of the Fair Trade Town goals. As you can see, we're almost there!

For more information on how you can help us towards getting Fair Trade Town status for Ottawa, please visit the get involved page!

Education & awareness 100%
Product availability 100%
Steering committee formed 90%
Support from community groups 80%
Muncipal support 30%

Meet our team

Mélissa Dubé, Chair of Fair Trade Ottawa Equitable

Mélissa Dubé

Chair

Kenneth Boddy, Director of Municipal Outreach for Fair Trade Ottawa Équitable

Kenneth Boddy

Director of Municipal Outreach

Lia Walsh, Director of Business Outreach for Fair Trade Ottawa Équitable

Lia Walsh

Director of Business Outreach

Ivy McKee, Director of Community Outreach for Fair Trade Ottawa Équitable

Ivy McKee

Director of Community Outreach

Emanuel Lukawiecki, Director of Education and Outreach for Fair Trade Ottawa Équitable

Emanuel Lukawiecki

Director of Education & Outreach

Learn more
158

Businesses carrying fair trade

383

Petition signatures

102

Events run since 2011

2879

Tweets tweeted

The impact of fair trade

Fairtrade as a certification is more than merely an envronmental certification, it is the only and best ethical and social certification that really ensures social and environmental, ethical and economic impact, and therefore human impact.

Fairtrade has improved our members' and farm workers' standard of living. We now have the resources to help the community and conserve the environment.

Fair Trade Town campaign

[Bilingual video] Fair Trade Ottawa Équitable volunteers ask what fair trade means and why FTOÉ works on it. For more information on getting involved with FTOÉ, click here!